Find out what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities.

Member credit unions may submit their Members in the News items to membernews@ccul.org. When including a photograph, please give a detailed description for each photo sent, including the names and titles of individuals in the photograph. For more information about Members in the News, please contact Associate Editor Cindy Tullues Peterson at 909.212.6042.

American First CU

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American First CU
has donated more than $5,200 to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) through their virtual CHOC Walk program. Credit union associates participated by creating their own walk across a variety of locations, including hiking trails, beaches, and treadmills. Additionally, American First CU hosted internal virtual fundraisers to raise money for the cause, including a silent auction and creating care packages.

Christian Community CU

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Christian Community CU
has hired Aaron Caid as its new senior vice president/chief marketing officer. Caid brings has more than 20 years of experience in leading digital transformation, building innovative marketing capabilities, raising brand loyalty, and improving customer retention. He has served at a senior management level for organizations including JPMorgan Chase and H&R Block.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is collecting “Presents for Paws,” a special holiday fundraising campaign benefiting animal shelters and rescues in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties. This will be the credit union's ninth consecutive holiday season supporting the “Presents for Paws” campaign.

Redwood CU

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Six Redwood CU wealth management advisors received Pacesetter awards at the CUSO Financial Services (CFS) 2020 Annual Conference. Earning Gold Pacesetter Awards were Mike DeFazio, Julie Nix, and Clark Matthiessen. Christine Foster earned the Silver Pacesetter Award, and Steve Kerston and Joseph Turfa earned Bronze Pacesetter Awards. In addition, the credit union received its fourth consecutive Gold Impact award for its wealth management services marketing campaign.

 

 

America's Christian CU

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America's Christian CU ranked third in the Small Business category and 76th among all employers nationwide by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that each year recognizes the nation’s top 100 employers that offer the best adoption benefits to employees. 

SchoolsFirst FCU

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SchoolsFirst FCU has appointed Douglas Sato to fill a board vacancy when board member Adam O’Connor resigned after more than 25 years of service as a volunteer director. Additionally, the board of directors has appointed two associate directors, Nina Boyd and Richard De Nava. Both are long-term members and volunteers, serving on several board committees.

Kinecta FCU

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Kinecta FCU is Great Place to Work-Certified™ (GPW). To reach GPW certification, anonymous employee feedback was gathered, and a rigorous, data-driven methodology proved 89% of employees consistently have a positive experience at Kinecta FCU, compared to 59% for a typical U.S.-based company. The survey also revealed that 95% of Kinecta FCU employees state they feel good about ways to contribute to the community. 

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU joined credit unions around the world to celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day and donated 25 cents to local food banks in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, San Francisco, and Mendocino counties each time members used their RCU Visa® debit or credit card on Oct. 15. In total, more than $36,000 was donated to Redwood Empire Food Bank, Community Action of Napa Valley, and SF-Marin Food Bank.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU was recognized with two 2020 MarCom Awards—which recognize outstanding achievement in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. The credit union was recognized with a Gold Award for its New Mobile Banking video and received an Honorable Mention for its Stuff the Bus campaign. 

Christian Community CU

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Christian Community CU
has partnered with 49 Financial to offer investment and financial planning services to its members. 49 Financial aims to revolutionize the financial services industry through their core values of conviction, gratitude, loyalty, integrity, and teamwork.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU dedicated a week to Building CommYOUnity with a mix of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities to support 11 local nonprofits. Activities included making no-sew blankets for Hands4Hope; writing words of encouragement and journal prompts for City Year; stocking shelves for Placer Food Bank and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services; writing letters to Snowline Hospice clients; creating Welcome Home kits for Sacramento Self Help Housing; and other projects supporting St. John’s Program for Real Change, Wellsprings Women’s Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and HOPE Counseling.

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU has been named San Diego’s Best Credit Union and Best Mortgage Company in the San Diego Reader’s 2020 Best-Of Poll. Each year, the San Diego Reader invites San Diegans to nominate their favorite San Diego-based businesses, restaurants, and activities to be named to the Best-Of list. 

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has named two new associate board members to its board of directors: Jeri Hansen and David Gouin. Hansen is principal at Jeri Hansen Company specializing in community engagement, public policy, and strategic planning. Gouin has served as a volunteer on Redwood CU’s Supervisory Committee since 2008 and has more than 30 years of public service experience with the County of Sonoma, City of Vacaville, and City of Santa Rosa, and currently serves as director of Housing and Community Services for the City of Santa Rosa.

UNCLE CU

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UNCLE CU former President and CEO Kathie Kasper passed away on Oct. 29, 2020. Kasper was a leader in the credit union movement and UNCLE CU for more than 24 years from 1976-2000.  When she started, UNCLE CU had $1 million in assets and as CEO she led the growth to more than $100 million in 1997. That growth continued to more than $134 million in assets when she left UNCLE CU in 2000. Her visionary leadership included spearheading the construction of a new corporate headquarters which is still being used today.

Coast Central CU

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Coast Central CU's board of directors has approved $100,000 in grants through its Community Investment Program to 12 local organizations for its fall 2020 round of giving.  Coast Central CU also supports its communities through sponsorship, college scholarship, and employee volunteer programs. 

Financial Partners CU

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Financial Partners CU has hired Cambria Briggs as senior vice president of human resources and employee development. In her role, she will develop strategies in support of continued learning and a high-performance culture. 

Compass Community CU

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Compass Community CU has partnered with Synergent to provide Symitar® Episys® core processing. The system upgrade was completed on Sept. 1, 2020.

Kinecta FCU

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Kinecta FCU has raised nearly $13,000 for Children’s hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara by participating in the Children’s Miracle Network’s Miracle Jeans Day campaign.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has returned as the title sponsor of the SDCCU OC Marathon and Half Marathon. Even though the May 2020 run was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, runners still have the option to compete in the virtual run in 2020. The 2021 run is scheduled for May and registration opened October 16 during the virtual expo. 

North Bay CU

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North Bay CU, which has seen a robust 10% increase in membership growth, is expanding its field of membership to serve more Northern California residents. The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation has approved the credit union to serve those who live, work or worship in Marin, Napa and Solano counties, in addition to Sonoma County.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU donated $2,500 to Nixon Academy of Multimedia Arts Production elementary school in Cerritos as part of their 2020 Adopt-A-School program. With this grant, Nixon Academy was able to invest in the technology application program, Notability, and professional development for approximately 450 licenses to be used by their 3rd through 6th grade students.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU has earned a Best Place to Work designation from the Sacramento Business Journal for the third year in a row.  SAFE CU was named the 2020 No.1 Large Employer in The Greater Sacramento Region and received the same designation in 2018, and was named one of the best places to work in 2019.

Travis CU

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Travis CU and Solano County Public Health have partnered together to produce the video series, ‘Strengthening Your Financial Foundation in the Time of COVID-19,’ featuring multiple financial education topics that are most relevant during the pandemic. The series of informational videos will be shared weekly with Solano County residents through Solano County Public Health’s as well as the credit union's communication channels.

UNCLE CU

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UNCLE CU has hired Sunny Olabode as vice president of finance. In this role, Olabode directs and administers the organization’s financial planning objectives, oversees budget management and provides strategic direction in measuring financial and operational performance. She also leads the daily operations of the finance and accounting teams, including the hiring and supervision of staff.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is a proud sponsor of the 2020 San Diego Padres season. The credit union has been supporting our hometown team, the San Diego Padres, since Petco Park’s inaugural season.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 36 students in Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos, and surrounding communities for the 2019-2020 school year. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is sponsoring a virtual technology fair for adults 50+ hosted by San Diego Oasis. “The Get Connected: Technology Fair for Adults 50+” is in its 8th year, and for the first time completely virtual, more than 10,000 adults 50+ are expected to join the event for cutting-edge technology learning to improve quality of life and engagement.

1st United CU

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1st United CU is matching virtual food drive donations (up to $10,000) to help local families during these unprecedented times.

San Mateo CU

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San Mateo CU facilitated a donation from teen philanthropist for COVID-19 response. Olivia Sze raised $1,085 to help her community through her Hidden Treasures Fundraiser.

Travis CU

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The Travis CU Foundation announced that it raised more than $1 million for the COVID-19 Relief Initiative, which was matched by Travis CU, for a total of $2 million which will be distributed to 83 local community organizations, many who are providing resources and services to individuals and families impacted by the pandemic. Travis CU matched every dollar raised by the Travis CU Foundation up to $20,000, for a maximum of $40,000 total per agency. The campaign culminated on Sept. 30.

American First CU

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American First CU was honored to be invited as guest speakers at the Brother2Brother Virtual Retreat hosted by Male Success Initiative (MSI) – Fullerton to provide advice and guidance to men of color in their academic and college careers. MSI aims to foster academic success, establish a support network of mentors, and increase graduation and retention rates of California State University, Fullerton’s men of color.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU
was selected as a CRMNext Right on The Money Superhero Award finalist—which recognizes banks and credit unions that have gone above and beyond to deliver stellar experiences in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coast Central CU

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Coast Central CU has promoted Jenny Fonsen to Senior Assistant Vice President of Member Services, and Fatima Zinselmeir has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Quality Service & Development. Fonsen’s responsiblities include lead roles in major credit union initiatives, as well as compliance, operational procedures, auditing, and security.  Zinselmeir is responsible for management of the credit union’s quality service and training programs. 

SESLOC FCU

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SESLOC FCU surpassed one billion dollars in assets as of quarter-end Sept. 30, 2020.  The credit union has 56,000 members and honors its educational roots by providing $20,000 a year in grants to local K-12 school teachers and offering ongoing financial wellness support for members.

Bay FCU

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Bay FCU and Santa Cruz Community Ventures have joined forces to provide financial education in rural, low-income minority communities throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. This effort is funded, in part, by an AHEAD grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

UNCLE CU

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UNCLE CU has hired Charles Crohare to lead the organization’s business banking initiatives. As AVP, Business Banking Manager, Crohare will focus on expanding the role of the credit union as a vital resource and trusted financial partner for local small businesses.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU's Call Center Senior Vice President Sheena Peoples was named one of SD Metro Magazine’s top 40 Under 40. The award recognizes some of the best and brightest minds making a positive difference in the San Diego community.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU has hired Richard Flores as Vice President/Branch Manager of the credit union’s new Long Beach Marina location that will open this fall. Flores has more than 20 years of financial services experience, most recently as a District Manager at Chase and prior experience with Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Bay FCU

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Bay FCU welcomes Emily Quatman to its Investment Services team. Quatman brings more than 14 years of financial services experience to Bay FCU and has an extensive background in establishing, cultivating, and maintaining client relationships. 

America’s Christian CU

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America’s Christian CU has announced its member-generated Visa® Platinum GiveBack donation for the last four calendar quarters. In alignment with its corporate priorities of stronger communities, families, and ministries, America’s Christian CU will divide the proceeds of $18,000 among eight (8) key ministry partners.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is the proud title sponsor of the 24th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park being held virtually in 2020. The festival will feature eight free live interactive online events on Thursdays and Saturdays until Oct. 29 showcasing local artists, musicians and local artisans with food, drink and product demonstrations.

Elko FCU

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Elko FCU selects Corelation to help enhance personalized service to its members, including the 200 small businesses they serve.